The dos and don’ts of scrapping your old car

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There comes a point with all vehicles where they are no longer safe or sustainable to use. When determining the best way to get rid of a car, owners are often stumped.

Most drivers have never had to actually dispose of a car as cars are often part-exchanged or sold on when the decision is made to upgrade. However, there will come a time for some of us when we have a car that is no longer worthy or safe to be sold on.

If your vehicle is reaching the end of its life there are many ways you can dispose of it responsibly. Here are the top dos and don’ts of scrapping your old car:



  • Ensure you keep your personal details secure. Vehicle owners in England and Wales are required to show their photo ID and proof of address to any Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), so make sure you are sharing your personal information with an authorised and reputable company.
  • Reclaim any months remaining on your car tax using a V14 form before scrapping it and contact with your car insurer and ask for a refund or credit on an insurance policy for an alternative vehicle.
  • Ensure you provide your chosen ATF with the vehicle log book, but make sure you keep the yellow slip (V5C/3).
  • Apply to the DVLA if you want to keep the registration number from your old car for use on another vehicle.




  • Agree to take cash payment for scrap cars. The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act (England and Wales) makes this illegal.
  • Take your vehicle to be scrapped anywhere that’s not an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).
  • Forget to inform the DVLA that you’ve taken your vehicle to an ATF. Failure to do so could result in a £1000 fine.
  • Forget to tell the DVLA that the vehicle is off the road if you’re choosing to take parts before scrapping it. You will need a S.O.R.N (Sworn Off Road Notice) and the car must be kept in a garage or driveway.
  • Forget to chase up your chosen ATF for the Certificate of Destruction (CoD) – it should be sent to you within 7 days.

To discuss the options for scrapping your car, get in contact with a member of our friendly team today.